Preschool Press

May 20-30, 2013

Dinosaur ROAR!

Thank you everyone for all the lovely flowers and gift cards we received during Teacher Appreciation Week! Ms. Ronny and I appreciate your kindness. We are very happy to have such wonderful families to work with and your thoughtfulness has meant so much to us.

Our final theme of the school year is DINOSAURS. The children had a great time with this theme earlier in the school year and we have had requests from some of the students to bring out one of my puppets, Tony the Tyrannosaurus Rex. We thought what a great theme to end a fantastic school year!

Weekly Skills

During the two weeks we will work on a variety of preschool skills. These skills are modified to make sure they are appropriate for the variety of ages we have in our class. Below is a list of some of the skills we will work on during our theme of dinosaurs.
  • We will finalize our review of letters and their sounds with letters Vv-Zz.
  • We finalize our number review with numbers 7-10.
  • Cooperative Play
  • Classroom Participation
  • Label different dinosaurs-Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Pterodactyl.
  • Following directions embedded with concepts
  • Following through with a task until completed
  • Waiting your turn
  • Demonstrating fine motor skills-correct grasp on writing utensil, cutting along a line, creating letter approximations
  • Commenting and giving details that are on topic
  • Visual Discrimination
  • Print Awareness

Home Activites

As we work on a variety of skills during the next two weeks we look for further reinforcement of skills at home. This continued encouragement of concepts will increase understanding and application of those skills. Below are activities to do at home.
  • Visit the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The Dinosphere is wonderful place to expand your child's interest in dinosaurs. You can also visit the Dinosphere at the Indianapolis Children's Museum website, http://www.childrensmuseum.org/
  • You can also visit www.pbskids.org. This website has numerous activities involving characters from PBS children's shows. There is a show called Dinosaur Train and on this website it has activities that address not only the topic of dinosaurs but also other developmental skills.
  • Use the attached handouts in the e-mail to further reinforce our theme and skills we will work on during the two weeks.
  • Go on a dinosaur hunt. Search in your home for a dinosaur, leave clues about different dinosaurs around your home for children to guess which dinosaur you might find. Use flashlights when going on your hunt.
  • Use uncooked pasta noodles to create your own dinosaur. The pasta noodles can look like dinosaur bones.

Reminders

  • Wednesday, 5/22 is our fieldtrip. We will travel to Brooks School Elementary to see the Silly Safari Show.
  • Thursday, 5/30 is the last day of school for Early Childhood students.
  • The HPE Cookbooks are completed and available for purchase. The cost of the cookbooks are $10. Please send in an order form with payment (order

    forms attached to newsletter) in an envelope marked with your student’s name, teacher’s name and marked HPE Cookbook to the office. Those who preordered a copy and weren't able to get their copy at Party On the Playground, it will be sent home next week.

  • Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for

    Free Movies at the Nickel Plate

    District Amphitheater

    Join Fishers Parks & Recreation and presenting sponsor XFINITY Friday evenings in April and May for free outdoor movies perfect for the whole family at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive. Movies begin at dusk. Bring your favorite

    snacks and lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy these popular PG movies. Visit

    www.fishers.in.us/parks/movies to learn more!

    May 17, Brave

    May 24, The Pirates: Band of Misfits

    May 31, Wreck It Ralph

  • Have a WONDERFUL summer!